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Boeing, BOC Aviation announce order for 82 airplanes

Boeing announced Aug. 25 an order by BOC Aviation for 50 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range).

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AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

A highly successful integrated aerodynamic and aerothermal test and analysis of a twin scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise vehicle was completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 facility in White Oak, Md.

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Boeing program completes critical design, safety reviews

Boeing photograph Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft and the Critical Design Review of its integrated systems, meeting all of the companyís Commercial Crew Integrated Capability milestones on time and on budget. Boeing recently completed the Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review of its Crew Space Transportation-100…

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Air Combat Command loans Global Hawk to GVCTF

The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

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C-130 Hercules still going strong at 60

Aug. 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of the C-130 Hercules’ first flight in 1954, from Burbank, Calif., to Edwards AFB.


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Army designing next-generation protective mask

Posted  May 12, 2014

Army illustration Army researchers envision a fan embedded within the mask’s filtration system that uses less power, is lighter and is far less bulky than conventional respirators. It’s hot. Humidity is near 100 percent, and you’re in full combat gear — including chemical-biological protection. Between your helmet and mask, your entire head is covered, leaving…

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Analysts see significant breakthrough in recent F-35 orders

Posted  May 12, 2014

Recent decisions by the Australian and Turkish governments are signaling a major upturn for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, undoubtedly the brightest star in the future military aircraft market. In April, the Australian government approved the acquisition of an additional 58 F-35A aircraft. Following a 2009 decision to purchase 14 F-35As, the 58…

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News Briefs May 12, 2014

Posted  May 12, 2014

Hagel: Military should review transgender ban Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the military should continually review its policy barring transgender individuals from serving in the military. Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, Hagel says every qualified American who wants to serve the country should have that opportunity if…

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Posted  May 12, 2014

News: Marine jet crashes in Arizona desert; pilot OK - A Marine Corps Harrier jet crashed on tribal land south of Phoenix May 9, but authorities said the pilot was able to eject safely. Budget axe hovering over the military - House lawmakers have rejected most of the Pentagon’s proposed cost-saving measures for next year, raising serious…

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Lockheed Martin integrates latest ground control station technology with Fury UAS

Posted  May 14, 2014

To increase expeditionary capabilities in its long endurance Group 3 Unmanned Aerial System, Lockheed Martin recently fielded its newest Expeditionary Ground Control Station, or xGCS , for use with the Fury UAS. Following its development and manufacturing in Huntsville, Ala., xGCS shipped and was integrated with Fury in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The first xGCS…

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ACCESS II alternative jet fuel flight tests begin

Posted  May 14, 2014

NASA took to the skies May 7 - along with international partners the German Aerospace Center and National Research Council of Canada - to begin a series of flight tests to gather critical data that may aid in the development of cleaner aircraft fuels.

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From idea to market in eight years, DARPA-fFunded DEKA Arm System earns FDA approval

Posted  May 14, 2014

DAPRA photograph The DEKA Arm System is capable of handling objects as delicate as grapes and eggs and also manipulating power tools, such as a hand drill. DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that…

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted  May 14, 2014

Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth May 13 after 188 days in space, during which they orbited Earth more than 3,000 times and traveled almost 79.8 million miles.

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Only flying B-29 Superfortress in the world coming to Lancaster

Posted  May 14, 2014

Residents of Lancaster, Calif., will experience ìhands onî history next week when the Commemorative Air Forceís iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, lands at Fox Field accompanied by a P-51 Mustang and several other vintage World War II airplanes. The airplanes will be on display May 19 through 21. Visitors will be able to tour…

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California faults moved quietly after Baja quake

Posted  May 14, 2014

A new NASA study finds that a major 2010 earthquake in northern Mexico triggered quiet, non-shaking motions on several Southern California faults that released as much energy as a magnitude 4.9 to 5.3 earthquake.

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